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Installer Training with WG&D Masonry

WG&D Mason­ry is a very expe­ri­enced mason­ry con­trac­tor based in the Dallas/​Fort Worth area with projects across the Unit­ed States, includ­ing 67 Life­time Fit­ness clubs. Their com­pa­ny recent­ly went through the Bau­tex Installer Pro­gram and learned how Bau­tex Block dif­fers from tra­di­tion­al block con­struc­tion. Joe Gray, Vice Pres­i­dent of WG&D Mason­ry, was impressed by how quick­ly his team caught onto work­ing with Bau­tex Block, and the straight­for­ward­ness of the installer train­ing.

Bau­tex was real­ly help­ful on giv­ing us a heads up about how to pour con­crete, work around the door jambs using a chain­saw, and how to sup­port it with ply­wood to ensure a smooth and fast con­crete pour,” Gray said. We real­ly appre­ci­at­ed how the Bau­tex train­er answered all of our ques­tions.”

These dif­fer­ent instal­la­tion meth­ods are some­times met with ini­tial appre­hen­sion from long­time masons used to work­ing with tra­di­tion­al block con­struc­tion. The Bau­tex Installer Pro­gram is focused on the speed and effi­cien­cy of the unique attrib­ut­es of the Bau­tex Block itself. While it uses the same trades to install the block, pri­mar­i­ly masons and con­crete con­trac­tors, they can quick­ly see and pick up the tech­niques of the instal­la­tion. Hav­ing a chance to expe­ri­ence the block, those that have been trained quick­ly lose any appre­hen­sion around using the block for the first time.

For exam­ple, many are sur­prised to learn that the block can be cut in place using a chain­saw or rec­i­p­ro­cat­ing saw, a tool that is not typ­i­cal­ly part of a mason’s sup­plies. Bau­tex Block does not require years of expe­ri­ence with an elec­tric mason­ry saw, a very time con­sum­ing aspect of a tra­di­tion­al block wall con­struc­tion. After a few prac­tice cuts, WG&D masons were pre­pared to use the tech­nique.

Our prod­uct feels a lot like tra­di­tion­al mason­ry in the sense that it’s sol­id, yet the speed and sim­plic­i­ty achieved is what makes the prod­uct a dream to install for masons,” said Duane Hol­loway, Bau­tex Con­struc­tion Sup­port Man­ag­er. Few­er high­ly skilled labor­ers are need­ed and con­trac­tors won’t need much new equip­ment.”

The Bau­tex Installer Pro­gram is specif­i­cal­ly designed to address any con­cerns by con­trac­tors uti­liz­ing Bau­tex Block for the first time. Once trained, con­trac­tors are sud­den­ly aware of the inher­ent ben­e­fits that will help them bid, pre­dict instal­la­tion times, and turn a prof­it. The sim­plic­i­ty of the block and the under­stand­ing of the time-sav­ing instal­la­tion tech­niques reduce the risk of try­ing some­thing new, mean­ing that those trained will not want to walk away from a Bau­tex Block project. There are already sev­er­al con­trac­tors across Texas trained and ready to work on projects uti­liz­ing Bau­tex Block.